Country Requirements Australia

Although the move to Australia may seem daunting you can be well assured that we will be there every step of the way to make it a stress free experience. Our well established veterinary collaborations in Australia ensure that we can assist you with the most recent information to avoid any unforeseen costs. Combined with our packages that allow you to DIY whichever service you prefer you can be confident that you get the best value for money with the most knowledgeable team.

First things first

In order to travel with any pet around the world proper identification of the specific pet is needed. A name and photo is not sufficient. Before ANY vaccinations are done or blood is drawn a certified microchip needs to be inserted into the pet. The microchip links a unique identification code to YOUR specific pet and will verify that all necessary treatments have been conducted on your pet. This serves as their “ID”.

The rabies titres test is an important step in the international pet relocation process, and it is crucial that this test is conducted at the exact recommended time by an authorised laboratory. laboratoryWhy do you need a rabies titre test? When your pet received a rabies vaccination, the only proof of this vaccination is the paper immunisation record which the vet completes. Sometimes, there is a need for further proof that the vaccination has been administered, and a titre test is performed to test if your pet has been immunised against rabies.

What happens? After your pet has received his/her microchip blood can be drawn by your vet and this is then sent to an authorised laboratory. At the laboratory the blood is tested for the presence of the antibody that neutralises rabies in your pet’s blood. The presence of this antibody in sufficient amounts proofs that the pet has been sufficiently vaccinated against and is immune to rabies. This amount is then reflected on the rabies titre test certificate that you will receive to use as proof for the process of travelling with your pet.

Australia Specific

A pet travelling to Australia must have microchip identification. This needs to be implanted before any treatment is performed. The microchip must be implanted. Vaccinations and the rabies titre test can now follow. As veterinarians ourselves you are in the best hands and you will need 4 or five visits and we will provide discount.

  1. 5-in-1 (Canine distemper virus, canine infectious hepatitis, canine adenovirus, canine parainfluenza virus and canine parvovirus)
  2. Rabies
  3. Bordetella bronchiseptica

Blood Tests

Anti-body titre test after receiving a booster rabies test.


The documentation required to enter Australia is extensive and an early start to the process is encouraged to make sure your pet is travel ready when you are. The correct documentation will ensure that your pet is welcomed to their compulsory quarantine at Mickleham.

Quarantine in Melbourne

The Melbourne quarantine facility is where your pet will be staying for 10 nights before they will join you in their new home. Bookings for at the quarantine facility can be done as soon as your pet import permit has been approved.

Pre-Export Preparation Summary
  • Plan at least 7 months ahead of preferred departure.
  • Microchip (please keep ALL original documentation).
  • Up to date vaccination booklet (5-in-1 dogs, 3-in-1 cats, rabies for cats and dogs). More than 30 days and less than 12 months.
  • RNATT test certificate (proof of rabies neutralising antibody titration test).
  • Apply and pay for your import permit.

Entry into Australia is only allowed after a minimum of 6 months have passed since the date that the blood was drawn for the rabies titre test. This test must then also have a valid result.

The additional blood tests and treatments need to be done 45 days before departure. As soon as departure dates have been confirmed we will provide a personalised schedule that will coincide with your pet’s travel dates.

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